G'Day Riff Raffers, It's an Australian hop, the Kangaroo hop, but it's also the German hop. Earlier this year I found The Kangaroo mouth organ in of all places Riga, Latvia. I had believed in the beginning that this was manufactured by Seydel for Albert's here down under. In Ray Grieve's magnificent resource book Boomerangs … Continue reading Kangaroo Hop (The Swiss Connection)
Happy new month Riff Raffers. Our penultimate NFSCD, #11! Larry Adler was a phenomenon worldwide and he took Australia by storm when he toured in the late 1930's. He was even a good mate of our Don Bradman. Here's some sound advice from the little master and a few caricatures to boot. Ch SD PS: … Continue reading Larry’s Lesson-NFSCD #11
My favourite harp player and favourite band. Rest In Peace Steve thanks for your everlasting harmonica. Thoughts and prayers with his band mates and condolences to his family and friends. Shep slàinte 🥃🥃 PS: There's more on Steve in a previous article titled Man From Earth.
Hey there Riff Raffers, A look at an Aussie harp from yesteryear, a couple of record reviews and a few bibs and bobs. Don't forget to visit Harmonica Riff Raff Soundcloud and YouTube for more treats. In 1909 in Australia Albert's was selling a unique Boomerang mouth organ with a double cup set of bells … Continue reading The Bells, The Bells.
G'day Riffers, On a chilly Sunday evening in the winter of 2014 my wife and I had the privilege of attending the Burrinja Cafe here in the Dandenongs (it wasn't raining-only dripping off trees). A local duo transported us back in time to a smoking blues joint in New Mexico called the Golden Inn where … Continue reading Buffalo Blues Burger
Happy New Month Raffers! Now For Something Completely Different from 1938 an ex-Diatonic Aussie Champion with a gripe, but with an idea. I wonder who it was. Was it Percy? I'm declaring my bias here-nothing beats a diatonic and a chordal vamp! (If you hadn't already guessed). I must question if there is any need … Continue reading Level Playing Field-NFSCD #10
Hi there Riff Raffers, Thought you may be interested in having a gander at the Mouth Organs sold by Albert & Son in Western Australia in 1925. No connection with J Albert & Son of Sydney. Do you have any of these? Maybe the short lived Baby Boomerangs? How short lived they were I'm not … Continue reading 1925
G'Day Riff Raffers, The year was 1970 when Rebel, a little known Melbourne record label released two highly significant singles in Australian music history, both featuring the mouth harp of a young Matt Taylor. Rebel was owned by Peter Goodman (a former member of the band The Town Criers) and they would press eleven singles … Continue reading Rebel’s Yell
Happy new month. Lock up your grandmothers! (The Herald, Melbourne, Monday 2 March 1936) Here is the rest of the information contained within this article. A grandmother appealed to the City Court today to stop her grandson playing a mouth-organ. Stanley Gorman, a young rabbit-trapper, who came to the City from Yarram for a week-end … Continue reading Run Rabbit Run-NFSCD #9
Hi Riff Raffers, A new, very old harp housed in its original box now resides in my humble collection. Mark Weber has meticulously investigated and reviewed technical aspects of the harp at chromhistory. What follows is an account of my pursuance from world experts on how, when and where this Hohner harp, 'The Up To … Continue reading Chromatically Chromonica Chronologically